Creative Fitness: Applying Health Psychology and Exercise Science to Everyday Life

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Step IV

IMPROVING YOUR PHYSICAL APPEARANCE

Effective weight management requires regular aerobic and resistance-type exercise along with healthy eating habits. Achieving a positive body image is an important factor in your personal and social adjustment. Striving to be more attractive is not just a matter of vanity. The links among your appearance, fitness, and psychological well-being become more obvious as you advance through adulthood. Excess body fat, especially around your midsection, is a major contributor to various types of medical problems. In addition to enhancing your overall fitness, diverse kinds of exercise can help to shape and tone, as well as strengthen, particular areas of your body.

Bob, a 38-year-old computer analyst, had always been very proud that he weighed about the same as when he was a college track star. Nevertheless, he was feeling embarrassed and painfully aware of his sagging chest and midsection. He began to realize that his lack of upper body conditioning was a health hazard as well as a detriment to his attractiveness. After exploring different options, he decided to engage in a weight-training program while also cutting down on his consumption of beer and fried foods. Within several months, Bob regained his youthful looking appearance. To his surprise, he also found a renewed enthusiasm for yard work as well as for running-related sports.

Sarah, a formerly obese 27-year-old architect, had been a yo-yo dieter since early adolescence. At her doctor’s urging, she bought a treadmill along with a light set of weights. She began to exercise for brief periods on a daily basis while listening to her fa-

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Contents xi
  • Preface xiii
  • Step I - Appreciating Your Biological Individuality 1
  • Chapter 1 - Body Wisdom 3
  • Chapter 2 - Staying Healthy 13
  • Step II - Understanding Your Personal Potential 27
  • Chapter 3 - Mental Vitality 29
  • Chapter 4 - Motivating Yourself 43
  • Step III - Enjoying Your Exercise Experience 59
  • Chapter 5 - Playful Movement 61
  • Chapter 6 - Muscle Games 77
  • Step IV - Improving Your Physical Appearance 93
  • Chapter 7 - Eating Well 95
  • Chapter 8 - Looking Good 117
  • Step V - Maximizing Your Healthful Lifestyle 137
  • Chapter 9 - Family Fitness 139
  • Chapter 10 - Life Satisfaction 155
  • Bibliography 197
  • Author Index 227
  • Subject Index 235
  • About the Author 251
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